Mary Downing Hahn
- Title: Took: A Ghost Story
- Author: Mary Downing Hahn
- ISBN: 9780544551534
- Page: 360
- Format: Hardcover
Folks say Old Auntie takes a girl and keeps her fifty years then lets her go and takes another one Thirteen year old Daniel Anderson doesn t believe Brody Mason s crazy stories about the ghost witch who lives up on Brewster s Hill with Bloody Bones, her man eating razorback hog He figures Brody s probably just trying to scare him since he s the new kid a stuck Folks say Old Auntie takes a girl and keeps her fifty years then lets her go and takes another one Thirteen year old Daniel Anderson doesn t believe Brody Mason s crazy stories about the ghost witch who lives up on Brewster s Hill with Bloody Bones, her man eating razorback hog He figures Brody s probably just trying to scare him since he s the new kid a stuck up snot from Connecticut But Daniel s seven year old sister Erica has become and withdrawn, talking to her lookalike doll When she disappears into the woods one day, he knows something is terribly wrong Did the witch strike Has Erica been took
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Review by Autumn (my ten-year-old daughter). She would also like to thank everyone who liked her review of Doctor Who: The Drosten Curse.Actual rating: 4.5 stars.In August my dad was sent a free review copy of a ghost story. I really like how the book transitions from Daniel’s point of view (which is 1st person past tense) to 3rd person in some chapters. Daniel is a seventh-grade boy from Fairfield, Connecticut, who moves to Woodville, West Virginia. When he started school, everyone made fun o [...]
As the wind knocks against your house, you wonder, is this really the wind? Then you look outside and meet the horrifying truth. The story Took by Mary Downing Hahn is a bone chilling story leaving you hungry for more. I finished the book in two sittings because the book always left you curious of what will happen next.Daniel and his parents and little sister Erica move out of their beautiful home to a run down, impossible fixer upper due to financial issues.The Anderson’s are unlike all of th [...]
As a reviewer I can say I love to read. I've always loved to read. One of my favorite things about school when I was younger was getting to go to the book fairs. I loved them. Now as a parent I am hoping to pass this joy of reading to my children. Actually, that's how I came across this book. I went with my son to his book fair at his school. While he was browsing books, I couldn't help myself and picked up this one. It a has a cover that just grabbed me. So along with getting him some books I [...]
I feel like I went down the rabbbit hole with this book. Took was advertised at my daughters school during her bookfair. The librarians played a video for the kids and gave a spooky summary of the books. They got the kids all hyped up about it. So naturally my second grader went straight for this book at the book fair and I purchased it for her. We got a few chapters in and my daughter didn't want to read it anymore. It was too scary she said. My daughter usually likes stuff on the creepier side [...]
E ARC from Edelweissso grateful to other users for adding this book so I found out about it! Mary Downing Hahn is one of my favorite authors, so a new book from her is super-exciting for me. It's also hard for me to talk about her books without melting into a puddle of gooey fangirl-dom. The best compliment that I can give this book - well, a couple - first, the story has the same feel (and same level of creepiness) as an urban legend like Bloody Mary. Just like the story of Bloody Mary had me [...]
Skeerd!I am not a reader of ghost stories, but I am TRYING to hit one of my gaps. This was very well crafted and I will recommend MDH will all the sincerity I can muster for someone as SKEERD as I am. Quality is not what deterred me. Creepy content? That'll do it!For my fellow readers who find dolls unnervingware! The doll in this book is possessed by an evil witch who lures young girls into the woods to be enslaved for 50 years, only to return them unaged and psychologically damaged. Woven into [...]
Amazing. Less a ghost story and more like a fairy tale, the scariest kind, with a villain I'd never wish to meet in a dark wood.
Another great Mary Downing Hahn book. Exciting, creepy scary-I loved it!!!
I read this to one of my language arts blocks this year. I liked the mystery/creepy factor that this book brought. A story of a young girl who gets "took" after moving to a new city. Great read!
I like this book because it is very scary and it talks about how this little boy got taken away from someone and his family didn't notice till his sister had came in his room one day and found a letter saying "I'll be back in awhile" with a sad face but it gets really interesting cause they're trying to find who took the little boy. I would recommend this book to everyone who likes to read scary and mysterious books.
Creepy, scary and a page turner. Mary Downing Hahn is a master of the ghost story for children and older readers such as myself who enjoy a little spine tingling without a lot of violence and horror. The rural atmosphere, hostility of the locals towards Daniel's family and a creeping sense of doom make this ghost story all the more sinister. Daniel, the young protagonist, is a true hero in this book. He not only finds himself in a fight against a witch/ghost like character and her creature from [...]
Just in time for Hallowe'en Mary Downing Hahn has delivered another spooky ghost story that will make you wish you kept the lights on.When Daniel Anderson's family moves to a decrepit home in a small town in West Virginia, after living a pretty posh life in Connecticut, he's sure that the stories about Old Auntie and Bloody Jack being told to him and his sister by all of the other students are just meant to scare him. But when his seven year old sister goes missing, and a girl who went disappear [...]
This is the story of Daniel and Erica, after they move from Connecticut to a rural community in an old house in the woods. Folks in the town tell the story of Old Auntie, an ancient spell caster who takes girls and wipes their memories, before keeping them for 50 years as her slave. Daniel doesn't believe these stories at first, at least not until he and his sister were separated in the woods, only for her not to be found later. Was she taken by Old Auntie? Will Daniel be able to find his sister [...]
This book was amazing. Mary Downing Hahn is a master at literature. This book is about Erica "Ai-ri-Cah" and her brother Daniel. His dad loses his job and they move to a podunk town in Virginia. Nobody likes them in the town and they have trouble meeting friends. To scare Daniel and Erica, the town kids tell a "folk story" of Auntie. An eccentric witchy old woman that stands on a hill, and her mutant hog skeleton, Bloody Bones. Everyone warns the kids to stay out of the woods, but sometimes the [...]
This is pretty much as-advertised--a spooky story for young readers. Nothing too gory or graphic and lots of scary story staples: creepy old witch kidnapping children in the woods, a scary boogie man, a creepy doll. Great for all upper and middle grades, though more sensitive readers may want to stick to reading during the day. :)
Creepy, but not gruesome, little story about a family who move into an abandoned rundown house in rural West Virginia. The previous owners moved away almost fifty years ago after their young daughter disappeared.
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the TreelineWhen Daniel's father loses his corporate job in Connecticut, his family decides to move to rural West Virginia where the cost of living will be lower. Neither Daniel or his younger sister Erica are thrilled with this, especially when the children at school make fun of their east coast ways and also the fact that they have moved into a "creepy" house. Erica spends a lot of time talking to her doll, Little Erica, and the parents have trouble finding jobs. Dan [...]
The book was so good it made me jump, feel scard, cry. I think its my favorite book it makes you feel like your there!
Nomadic SA Chicks's Book ReviewsSummaryDaniel and his little sister Erica move from Connecticut to a tiny town in West Virginia with their parents. This is not an ideal move, and everything seems to be going wrong. No one is happy and they all feel like outsiders. Worst or all, they are all fighting with each other when they should be banning together. The kids at school tell the kids the ghost stories about their new house, and about how long ago a little girl went missing from the house and wa [...]
There is nothing like a good ghost story to keep a person up at night. Whether it is the creepy tales told on Halloween nights in the U.S.A. or the Yamishiba ghost stories of Japan that are told in the summer time to keep people cool. A good ghost story can make a night of stormy weather seem magical. This book is written about a local legend that tells a story of an old hag who steals little girls every fifty years. With every disappearance there is a mysterious reappearance of an unknown child [...]
I really liked this book. Mary Dowing Hahn did a great job of the mystery/horror genre. My friends still don't want to read it, I can't convince them
--for TeensFans of Hahn are going to find this latest story irresistible.The Story: The tale begins with a Connecticut family of four moving to a tiny rural town in West Virginia. This wouldn't be so bad except it is clear from the beginning that the parents didn't make the decision to move into the dilapidated farmhouse themselves. They were 'urged' to by Auntie, a truly creepy character who the locals call a 'conjure' woman.Neither Daniel nor his younger sister Erica are happy with the move. T [...]
This was fairly creepy, which was fine. I'm not a fan of horror so keeping this more on the weird and sinister side was fine with me. Also as a children's book being too graphic wouldn't be a good fit. While I enjoyed that the main character, Daniel was the most resourceful and determined one, I couldn't help but wonder if the story wouldn't haven't been stronger or more interesting if it hadn't been his little sister that needed rescuing. Maybe my feminism is making me overthink things. There w [...]
Daniel and Erica are moving from posh Connecticut to the rural suburbs of West Virginia. And they're moving right into the house where, 50 years ago, a young girl about Erica's age was "took" and never seen again. The locals tell Daniel all about the spooky circumstances around the girls' disappearance. When Erica disappears, the family falls apart and Daniel feels like the only one who can save her. This is a truly fabulously spooky tale in the style of old campfire stories or fairy tales. Not [...]
Daniel and his sister Erica did not want to move to rural West Virginia. Their new home is a rundown farm surrounded by woods miles from town. The local kids treat Daniel and Erica as snobby outsiders and frightened them with strange and scary stories about their house and a witch called Old Auntie. Erica withdraws further into herself holding long conversations with her doll and their parents grow increasingly unhappy in their new surroundings. First Daniel dismisses the tales of the witch and [...]
Recommended age: 10 -12This book is a very average, not original horror story. I have rally enjoyed most her other work, but I don't think this was as top notch as the rest. A family moves from the city to the country into an old house where a girl disappeared 50 years previously. The main character, Daniel, and his sister,Erica, are creeped out by the old place. Meanwhile at school,neither of them are making friends and are being picked on. Kids are telling them about the girl who disappeared f [...]
Book Review originally published here: iheartreading/reviews/A haunted house/woods story with a twist. Old Auntie was amazing, and she was creepy enough that ten-year-old me would’ve been half terrified to go to sleep. But adult me loves this creepy old hag living in the woods and taking kids. Daniel was amazing. So intelligent for a boy his age, so brave when he risked everything to save his sister. A page turner, for adults AND middle graders.
I got an eARC from Edelweiss. This was my first Mary Downing Hahn book, and I can say with certainty that it won't be my last. It is utterly, deliciously creepy, fast-paced, and very readable. There are sufficient moments of horror for older middle graders, but nothing too over-the-top for the younger end of that age. I have already recommended this to a middle school-aged patron who likes horror stories!
This book might not be for everybody but if you or your child like a good ghost story this is a great pick. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It is definitely a page turner.
I thought this was a little slow. The little sister doesn't disappear until halfway into the book. There seems to be a lot of waiting with not much else going on. Maybe kids will be more creeped out, but it didn't do much for me. I enjoyed some of the author's other books more.
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